The statue of Swansea's world renowned poet, Dylan Thomas, is the latest to have been decked out in an Ospreys jersey, as bosses at the region continue to urge supporters to show their true colours and blackout the Liberty Stadium when the Scarlets visit on Bonfire Night.
Born in Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands area of the city, Thomas’ writing was acclaimed internationally, with Under Milkwood, Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night and A Child’s Christmas In Wales among his best known works.
Despite dying young in New York in 1953, aged just 39, his reputation as possibly Wales’ greatest poet – and Wales’ greatest hellraiser – remains intact today, and the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s biggest cash prize for young writers, was introduced in his honour in 2004.
His statue was kitted out in the Ospreys famous black jersey just a day after the statue of Swansea City legend Ivor Allchurch at the Liberty Stadium was also blacked out, with his widow Esme declaring that he “would have been proud to support the Ospreys and he would have been delighted to show his support for the region”.
With the first Welsh derby of the new season now just days away, Ospreys bosses are continuing to encourage their fans to show their support for the team ahead of the fixture, and display the Ospreys colours wherever they can.
Managing Director, Roger Blyth, said:
“After Ivor yesterday, another favourite son of the area, Dylan Thomas, looks fantastic in an Ospreys kit. They were made for each other!”
Supporters wishing to show their support, and show that they are proud Ospreylians, should display their true colours during the build up to the Scarlets match and at the game itself. They can post their pictures and videos of support on our Facebook page here, all of which will be shown to the players ahead of the game.
Roger Blyth added:
“Wherever they are, far or near, it would be great to see fans blacking out themselves, or significant landmarks, so that people around the world can see what the Ospreys are all about.”
Visit our Facebook page to post your videos and photographs and we will make sure the players will get to see them ahead of the Scarlets game.
Tickets for the match are on sale at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office, online at www.ospreysrugby.com/buytickets and via the Ticket Hotline on 0844 8156 665